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    31 Products For People Who Like To Be Over-Prepared

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    1. A 1-ounce bottle of dry shampoo POWDER (!!) that'll let ya ditch the shower on late mornings and walk out the door with hair that *looks* like it just got a fresh wash. Keep it in your purse for any midday touchups. Easy peasy.

    Before and after of a reviewer's hair. The after pic shows less shine and cleaner-looking hair.

    Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A pack of biodegradable deodorant wipes you can whip out after a workout for a quick body refresher.

    A box of biodegradable Goodwipes Body Wipes with natural tea tree oil

    Promising review: "They are great when there's no time for a shower after going to the gym or after a long bike ride. Of course, it's not the same as taking a shower, but using the wipes will make you feels a bit fresher until you can get to the real thing. I highly recommend." —Margo

    Get a pack of 10 individually wrapped sheets from Amazon for $9.99.

    And check out our picks for the best natural deodorant on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    3. And! A 50-pack of individually wrapped antiperspirant wipes you can toss in your bag and whip out when you feel some sweat comin' on. Not only can they refresh your skin, but they can give you added protection to get you through the day.

    Model pulling out a small packet of the La Fresh wipes from their jeans pocket showing its convenient travel-friendly size

    Promising review: "I'm all about travelling as light as possible, but I wondered about the effectiveness of an antiperspirant 'wipe', especially since I'm pretty sure I could sweat right through a coating of drywall spackle. Not only do these take up less space than even a travel-size deodorant/antiperspirant stick, they seem to work just as well at keeping me from "pitting" through my dress shirts. Pretty amazing. I think these are a good deal given that they end up being about 40 cents per application. will be buying more when these run out" —Rick

    Get a 50-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A wrinkle release spray for the "oh crap, I am running so late" mornings when there's no time to lug out the iron or steamer. It even comes with a travel-friendly size, because wrinkles have no place in your vacation wardrobe.

    Before/after pic of a reviewer's wrinkly shirt that is noticeable less wrinkled after spray is applied

    Promising review: "As a college student with a full course load, I'm in and out of my room all the time. This helps me keep my clothes wrinkle-free without having to waste time ironing them. It's also great as it leaves a VERY nice smell on my clothes." —Seth

    Get a set (includes a regular- and travel-size bottle) from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. A spring-loaded coin organizer that'll take care of the change that's always flyin' around your car. Paying for drive-thru meals just became incredibly efficient! Now...if I could only figure something out for my purse.

    Reviewer image of coin organizer in cup holder holding different change

    It can easily slip into your cup holder or console!

    Promising review: "I cannot say how much to this day I absolutely love this product. As far as products I would never give up in my life, this is 100% one of them. I couldn't live without this anymore and have recommended it to so many people. It eliminates loose change in your car, helps you start to save your change a little better, helps with drive thru's or places you could use exact change to save a buck (or $20), and has helped me in so many more situations. Over two years, four different cars, and more then a thousand dollars thru it it still functions exactly like day #1. The springs still work great despite how much change has been through it, being carried and dropped, moving between houses and dorms, and just general abuse like any object in your car. It's a great gift or something to help someone with a messy car. Absolutely recommend!" —NickDeMartin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A set of colorful bento boxes so it's super easy to meal prep, pack your lunch, and finally save some dang money...which are three things we could all use more of. A week of lunches doesn't seem so daunting now!


    Promising review: "These were exactly what I wanted, and I have been very pleased with them. In fact, they surpassed my expectations. Ample room and compartments for perfect work and school lunches. Very easy to pack. Very easy to clean. And they stack nicely on my storage shelf. You get enough with one order to pretty much handle an entire family's needs. I would definitely recommend them." —C. J. Balthrop

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $12.87.

    7. And! A pre-filled grocery list to keep track of what you need throughout the week so when you hit up the store, you're not aimlessly wandering grocery store aisles with no game plan. That = bad.

    The grocery pad stuck to the side of the fridge and a hand check-marking common items needed

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful grocery list. It has multiple sections pre-written and it even has some blanks in each section so that you can add any items that aren't already on the list. You can even put the list on the fridge because there are magnets on the back. Very handy. :)" —Lydia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. A collapsible menstrual cup that comes with a protective case you can toss in your bag so when Mother Nature arrives, you're ready.,

    The Intimina Lily Cup provides up to 12 hours protection, covers a light to medium flow, is made of medical grade silicone, and comes in two sizes.

    Get it from Intimina for $29.95.

    9. Heel repair caps to toss in your bag and whip out in case of a stiletto emergency. Just snap onto any of your black pumps that are looking worn out.

    Heel caps attached to the bottom of the heel

    Promising review: "I have so many heels that I've worn down to the nail. I walk a lot around the hospital where I work and I guess I just wear them down fast. These heel covers have saved my shoes! I read a few reviews about them falling off but I don't see how they would. I put a drop of super glue in there anyway, just in case. I am going to buy more for my other heels." —Tina B.

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in taupe).

    10. A magnetic dry-erase board perfect for whatever weekly reminders you need to leave yourself before heading out the door. DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP THE DRY CLEANING.

    Person writing to-do list on the magnet that's attached to the fridge

    Promising review: "I love this whiteboard. I bought it so that I can make an organizational board for my fridge. I used Sharpie markers to divide up the board and to make the headers. I love the dry erase markers and that they have magnets on the back of them; that way I can hang them above the board. The eraser is great, too, since it has a magnet and can be placed on the fridge as well. The board erases pretty well, but you will need to use some Windex on it occasionally to clean it up." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A mini, travel-friendly sewing kit to tuck away in your bigger bags or car in the event of a fashion emergency! Be prepared to handle snacks, rips, loose buttons, and more with this in arm's reach.

    Reviewer image of the sewing kit open and displayed on a table showing the contents

    Kit includes: scissors, measuring tape, seam ripper, 30 needles, thimble, two premium threaders, 10 pins, six shirt buttons, and 14 colors of thread.

    Promising review: "A very nice kit for the price. I travel for a living and I needed a small kit for emergencies. My only requirements were decent thread, small scissors that work, a few needles and a zip up case. This fit the bill and more. The thread seems to be a better quality than you generally get in this type of kit. The scissors actually cut thread. What a concept right?!" —soundaround

    Get it from Amazon $13.97.

    12. A teeny migraine stick made with therapeutic essential oils that can relieve migraine pain and give you some dang peace during stressful weeks. Keep one in your bag so you're ready whenever a headache strikes.

    BuzzFeed writer Katy Herman applying the migraine stick to forehead / Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed writer Katy swears this stuff helps alleviate her discomfort:

    "The stick provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day. I've taken so much less Advil since I started using this! Plus, you can reapply as often as you need." —Katy Herman

    Read more in her full review on this migraine stick!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    13. A Tide To Go stick that'll have you prepared for whatever coffee, lunch, or wine spill comes your way throughout the day.

    A reviewer image of the Tide To Go pen next to a stain on an athletic shirt

    Promising review: "These were a lifesaver. I was walking to the bus and decided it was a great decision to drink coffee while walking. Like a scene from an infomercial, I spilled coffee all over my white shirt. Luckily I had one of these in my bag (I put one in each of my most-used purses in anticipation of my clumsiness). I went into a store bathroom and quickly scrubbed the Tide To Go on my shirt. All of the coffee blobs went away and once the awkward wet splotches dried up, my shirt was perfectly white again. You've got yourself a big fan, Tide." —Nad

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.97.

    14. Oil-blotting wipes to swipe away that shiny 3 p.m. forehead without disturbing your makeup. Toss a pack in your purse and live the oily skin–free life you deserve.

    An oil blotting sheet, and then a before/after image of a reviewer using the sheet to remove excess oil from forehead. The after photo shows less shine and oil. /

    Promising review: "Where have these been my whole life? I live in humid FL and have very oily skin. Halfway through the day I look like an oil slick. I love these charcoal tissues, they feel great on skin and gently absorb oil. It does not ruin or pickup my makeup at all when I dab them on my face, they leave no trace of oil and I am good for another four hours or so. I can't live without these now!" —Ashley Bouchard

    Get a pack of 200 from Amazon for $6.95.

    15. Caffeinated mints that'll work double time to give you fresh, minty breath and a boost of energy that doesn't come with the crash or jitters. Midday slump, be gone!

    Tin of the mints and a handful of mints spread out

    Each mint contains 40 mg of caffeine (for reference: a cup of coffee has about 90 mg) so you can take them as you need, without having to worry about the jitters. If you feel like you need a bit more energy, just pop another in!

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical at first, knowing that most caffeine boost/coffee replacement products tend to be ineffective. 40mg of caffeine per mint sounded unbelievable. To my surprise, these mints did EXACTLY what they were supposed to. I use to work at Starbucks and am a huge coffee drinker, so I never really feel the caffeine energy boost anymore. However, with only ONE mint I immediately felt like I had energy again. Not only that, but they did not give me a headache or any kind of stomach cramp as some sugar-free/caffeine products can give. The spearmint flavor is VERY strong. It's like a super Altoid, but it's manageable for sure. I have yet to try the winter, but am confident it's just as good! These mints will get the job done. Much better then a 5-Hour Energy, etc." —Mariah

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five flavors).

    16. A box packed with 40 pretty cards ideal for a variety of occasions so you always have a quick backup when you forget a birthday...or dare I say your anniversary.

    The collection of birthday cards spread out showing the different variety

    This cute set comes with get well, sympathy, birthday, anniversary, new baby, congratulations, wedding, friendship, and encouragement cards — plus five styles of envelopes.

    Promising review: "Call me old school, but I enjoy giving people cards for different occasions. I wanted something that I could have on hand so I wouldn't have to rush to the store each time I needed a card. This product is AMAZING! The cards are the same size you'd buy at a store (5x7) and the quality is superb! The cards are made of a thick card stock and the design and colors are beautiful. There is a nice mix of different cards for different occasions. As well, the envelopes are also made out of sturdy/quality paper. I am SO impressed with this product and will be buying ordering from them again!" —Mika Karikari

    Get it from Amazon for $25.96.

    17. A compact LED mirror that'll light up and expand for flawless touchups, and then fold down for storage. It has a 10X magnifying mirror, plus a regular one — and what I am trying to say here is, ya just can't go wrong with this!

    Reviewer images of the compact mirror spread out and lit up

    Requires three AAA batteries that are *not* included, but you can grab a 36-pack for $9.99.

    Promising review: "It's awesome. Light weight and surprisingly bright. I was looking at another brand that was 2x as expensive and I was so happy I found this one. It's great not only for traveling but to have on hand when tweezing or your makeup on the go. Honestly, I would buy more in a heartbeat." —Kelly D.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    18. Tiny tubes (aka purse-friendly!) of anti-chafe and anti-blister balm to give your thighs and feet some relief on hot, sweaty days. Plus, it's made with hydrating ingredients that won't clog pores — and yup, that all sounds A+ to me.

    Two tiny tubes of the Body Glide blister and chafe balm

    Promising review (anti-chafe): "This is my GO-TO product for thigh chafe. Seriously ladies. It lasts forever, and it's worth the price. I've worn it all day, after one application, while walking at Disneyland, used it for running 5Ks, and wear it for everyday summer skirts and dresses. I've even started using it on my heels for tight shoes. Great find and product!" —CollegeGirlBookSeller

    Promising review (anti-blister): "I thought this stuff was a bunch of BS. I was like, 'pssh what a waste of $8 ON AMAZON FOR THIS LITTLE THING.' Well, I put it on today on spots where my flats rub off the skin. My feet survived an entire day, INTACT! Highly recommend. This product made wearing shoes that rub on your ankles/backs of your feet doable!!!!" —Jamie

    Get the anti-chafe balm for $7.99 and the anti-blister balm for $8.

    19. A pack of stainless steel straws with silicone tips (and a cleaning brush!) that'll make drinking out of them softer on your teeth. Reducing plastic is rad, and now you can do it on the go.

    Reviewer images of the straws with the silicone tips attached, and one placed in a tumbler /

    Promising review: "I've become more eco-conscious and have been set on removing/reducing the plastic from the life. But I prefer to drink from a straw and there were a lot of choices out there, so I decided on this one. I keep them in a pouch in my purse. There were eight in the pack, so I'm able to keep them at home, in my purse, at work, and in my car. My husband even got on board too. I love that they come with two cleaning brushes. They're very easy to clean." —DaintySnakehead

    Get a set of eight plus two cleaning brushes from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. A mini Sriracha bottle to keep stashed in your bag or even on your keyring, because you should never have to suffer through a bland lunch and no Sriracha in sight.

    The to-go bottle attached to a keyring placed next to a slice of pizza

    Note: Sriracha is not included, *but* you can a two-pack of Sriracha for $7.68.

    Promising review: "These are the best things since sliced bread. Both my sister and I love spicy food, but we either find no spice at a restaurant, or they have a good spicy sauce, but not the kind we want. These keychains are perfect since they can be refilled with anything that you want and they are ALWAYS with you. As simple as this is, it was my sister's favorite Christmas present. Highly recommend for that person that likes a little extra spice in their life." —Steven Santiago

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.99.

    21. A car vent dip clip so you can dip 👏 those 👏 fries 👏 without fumbling with the barbecue sauce and spilling it all over your car. May your commutes home be somewhat tolerable now.

    Reviewer dipping a fry into sauce that's being help up by the vent clip (that's been attached to the car vent)

    Promising review: "Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through." —catherine

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.05 (available in two colors).

    22. A teensy eye contact kit complete with a case, tweezers, and an even teensier tube for solution, because all contact wearers know there are days when your eyes just aren't having it.

    Reviewer holding the tiny kit that fits in the palm of their hand

    Promising review: "I love this product a lot. Super cute!! It’s very minimalistic and fits in my purse just fine. I have no worries about it opening in my bag because it snaps tightly, but isn’t hard to open at all. I would recommend this product to any contact wearer!!" —Krystal

    Get it from Amazon for $4.38 (available in four colors).

    23. A felt purse organizer to make it extra easy to transport your belongings from one purse to another so your wallet, glasses, hair tie collection, hand sanitizer, and other essentials never get left behind.

    Two images of the felt organizer outside of bag showing the various compartments, and then another with the organizer in a tote bag

    Promising review: "Perfect for my needs! THIS organizer allows you to put lots of things in their own pocket so that you can quickly retrieve it without wasting time digging around. Other items (perhaps, taller items) can be put in the main section that is the length of the organizer. I purchased one and am now purchasing two more as gifts for people who I know also own tall tote bags like mine. If you have a tall tote, you can't go wrong buying this product. I highly recommend it." —A. E.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 18 style/color combinations).

    24. An 11-function stainless steel multi-tool you can store in your wallet or bag and whip out like a super spy in any emergency you face.

    The small tool half tucked away in a wallet

    Promising review: "I have two other credit card tools from other makers that are almost 10 times more expensive than this one and this is the one I always carry and like the most. Get this one. It has more functionality and usefulness than the others IMHO. The sharpened edges are what sets this one apart from the rest. It comes with a little pouch so the exposed edges are not a real problem when carrying. I have used most of the tool features on this card tool and would not hesitate at all in buying it again. A winner." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    25. An ink and stain remover ready to take on the leaky pen stain that just ruined your shirt...ruined until now that is.

    Before/after image of the a reviewer's blanket that had a word in marker written on it. The after pic shows the complete removal of the marker.

    Promising review: "Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs." —Michelle hammer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.85.

    26. A reliable portable charger with two USB ports that small enough to fit in a purse, yet so powerful it can charge your phone up to five times (!!!) before it needs a recharge. Stranded without a phone? You? Never.

    Reviewer holding the power bank in their hand while it charges a phone

    Promising review: "My phone dies fairly quick, so finding a power bank that would hold enough charges to charge my phone multiple times in a day was important. This charges my phone around 5 to 6 times per fully charged bank. It's heavy but for the amount of power it's an easily liveable trade off. It has dual ports which my wife and I have also been able to utilize simultaneously which is great. It comes with two charge cords as well. LED lights on the side give a very accurate way of tracking how much is left to use or how much till the bank is fully charged. Great product, well built, most of all inexpensive." —Justin James

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

    27. A teeny car vacuum that plugs into the cigarette lighter and lets you do a quick clean on the spot — no need to hit up the car wash the next time you, ugh, spill your fries all over the floor.

    Reviewer image using the vacuum to vacuum the floor mats

    It comes with a nice case that you can just toss in the back when you're done using, a 16-foot cord, elastic hose, nozzle, and a clear trash compartment so you know when it's time to empty it.

    Promising review: "Promising review: "The vacuum can get pretty loud, but that’s because there’s a lot of power going through it. It picks up dirt well and with the long cord, you can get around your car with no problem. This vacuum has saved me countless trips to the car wash! Now when my kids spill something I just plug the unit into my cigarette lighter outlet and immediately vacuum up the mess instead of letting it sit and get smashed into the carpeting. Plus it all comes with a nice storage case so you can keep the vacuum and attachments together all in one place and easily store it in the trunk of your vehicle without taking up barely any room at all." —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    28. Ibuprofen tablets in convenient packages perfect for smaller bags that don't have the space for an entire bottle. I mean, it's kind of the worst walking around with a bunch of pills rattling around your purse like a jingly cat collar.

    Reviewer holding one of the Advil packets

    Promising review: "These are so convenient and should be a must have for everyone. Keep a packet in your car, briefcase, favorite jacket, etc. and never be without this if the need arises. I've been on vacation or been out places and the feeling of having a some medication when you need it is almost as good as the feeling of relief after you take it. Highly recommended for absolutely everyone!" —loveamazon

    Get a set of 50 packets (two capsules per packet) from Amazon for $10.99.

    29. A suuuuuuuper duper small spatula made to get into the nooks and crannies of your best beauty products and remove every last drop so when you run out last minute (it always happens on the busiest days!!!), you're still ~covered~.

    Reviewer using the tiny spatula to scoop out remaining contents, and another image showing the side of a bottle with most of the contents removed /

    Promising review: "Fantastic product. I'm able to get every drop out of my very expensive face cream. It works on bottles, jars, etc. I only wish I would have bought this product years ago. Oh, the money I could have saved. Just clean with soap and water after use and store in an upright position (rubber end up) and I think you will get your money's worth out it. Already bought more as gifts." —HMSK

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69.

    *And! Get a 10-pack of tiny jars ($5.99) for any leftover makeup you scraped out of the original bottle.

    30. Travel-sized Poo-pouri — it's a toilet spray that stops the smell of number two so you can poop in peace at work, for once.

    A tiny spray bottle of Poo-pouri

    Promising review: "I have these sprays in every bathroom in my home. I also keep one at work, although I had to start hiding it in the bathroom because apparently other people love it as much as I do and decided to take it home with them. I highly recommend. So much more effective than the 'courtesy flush.' By the time you do that one, the problem is already 'out there.' With Poo-Pourri, it never has a chance. I haven't met a scent I didn't like so far. What a great idea!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it in a variety of travel sizes from Amazon for $6.01.

    Here's to the over-prepared life.


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